STEPHEN + Live Q&A with Melanie Manchot and Anthony Spira


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28 May 2024

Melanie Manchot, 2023
78 mins

Screening followed by a live Q&A with director Melanie Manchot, hosted by Anthony Spira (Director, MK Gallery).

Visual artist Melanie Manchot works with a recovery group in Liverpool, who take up roles in a semi-fictional film-within-a-film that explores addiction and mental health from multiple perspectives. It is centred around Stephen, a character recovering from gambling and alcohol addictions. References to the first police crime reconstruction, filmed in Liverpool in 1901, are a reminder that addiction has long existed within the fabric of our culture. It’s a tough process and emotionally charged scenes reveal inner truths, which gain additional power when the people playing the roles are, in some sense, playing themselves. Visually striking, STEPHEN is a startling record of this form of treatment and a reminder of how dextrous the documentary form can be.

Melanie Manchot is a London-based visual artist working across photography, moving image and installation. Her long-standing areas of enquiry range from portraiture to participation and performance, to questions of individual and collective identities, and to the exploration of the very particular socio-economic and ecological microclimate of a specific alpine mountain and its community. Situated at the threshold between the documentary and staged events, Manchot’s work frequently involves an engagement with strangers.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2016; fig-2 at the ICA, London,2015; Galerie M, Bochum, 2015 and 2017; Toronto Photography Festival, 2012; Nuit Blanche, Paris, 2011; and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2010.

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Screening times

Tuesday 28 May, 7pm